Wanstead chop down Harold Wood
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 July 2015
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Title hopefuls remain in hunt
Wanstead maintained their pursuit of Essex League Premier Division leaders Chelmsford with an 80-run win over Harold Wood, who remain in the relegation zone.
Home skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal won the toss and chose to bat but saw Jonathan Das dismissed by Hamzah Ikram early on.
Arfan Akram followed after a quickfire 20, made up of five boundaries, and Hassan Chowdhury (20) became Shahbaz Khan’s second victim with the score on 63.
Khan sent Saurav Prabhakar (26) packing to leave Wanstead 96-4, with young leg-spinner Zohran Afzal accounting for Essex staffer Kishen Velani after a brutal 43 off 24 balls, which included a six and seven fours.
Ellis-Grewal failed to trouble the scorers, lasting just three balls as he was trapped leg before by Richard Brabner, as the home side slipped to 136-6.
And Brabner held on to a return catch off his own bowling to claim the scalp of Mohammed Zaidi to leave Wanstead 152-7.
But a superb 140-run stand for the eighth wicket turned the match back in Wanstead’s favour, as Mohammed Fayyaz Khan joined Adnan Akram in the middle.
Akram hit two sixes and nine fours in a run-a-ball 101, while Khan added eight boundaries in a dogged 45, from just 55 deliveries, before Brabner ended his resistance.
Akram fell to Maruf Chowdhury as Wanstead were dismissed for 300 from the final ball of their innings, with Khan (3-46) and Brabner (3-47) the pick of Wood’s attack.
Zain Shahzad struck early in the Wood reply to remove Hamza Ahmed, with Chowdhury and Ikram succumbing to slow left-armer Fayyaz Khan to leave the visitors in trouble at 34-3.
Raihan Hussain (38) and Khan put on 77 for the fourth wicket, before Misem Zaidi struck the first of two blows with the ball.
Khan (44) fell to the same bowler with the Wood total on 144 and, although Craig Sampson (22), Brabner (28) and Christopher Bennett (22) all made starts, none could go on to a big score and all fell to Ellis-Grewal.
Wanstead’s skipper added the scalps of Sandeep Singh and opposite number Thomas Clarke to finish with 5-38 as Wanstead wrapped up victory in the 48th over to remain seven points behind Chelmsford with seven matches left.
Wood climbed above Ilford at the bottom but are three points adrift of South Woodford and safety.
Brentwood remain seven points behind Wanstead in third place after a comfortable win over Colchester.
Tom Oakley (75) and Charlie Griffiths (55) hit half-centuries as the home side amassed 292-7, with Jon Walford (46), Peter Younghusband (43) also contributing well.
Colchester’s openers put on 63 before Jake Wickham made the breakthrough with two wickets in three balls, including the dangerous Harry Bush for a duck.
Oakley and Griffiths got in on the act with a wicket apiece to leave the visitors 102-4, before Younghusband (2-21) and Ian Belchamber (3-26) ran through the lower order to seal a 116-run triumph.
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